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Amsterdam, Netherlands
Innovation and business designer
at UNStudio

UNSense is looking for an innovation and business designer to join its office in Amsterdam.

We are looking for an innovation and business designer that takes the lead in steering our acceleration and innovation projects. A colleague that focusses on the business and financial side of innovation with a strong future oriented view and a sense for technology, design, architecture and urban planning.

At UNSense we have a strong vision on how innovative technology can and will change the way we work and live in buildings and cities worldwide. Based on this vision and our expertise in the built environment, we actively reach out to innovative companies and research institutes around the world to create impactful new innovative technologies and products together. With the goal of launching new spin-off companies around these products that will each be successful and grow in its own right. UNSense Arch-Tech Solutions actively pursues multiple of these innovation projects at the same time.


  • innovation leadership
  • inspire and pitch innovation projects to align multiple stakeholders
  • search, reach out and support to assemble the right team per innovation project and indicate needed competences to deliver truly innovative results
  • inspire and lead the teams to push forward and reach results quickly (or fail fast!)
  • structure the process of innovation and make innovation results quantifiable and measurable
  • developing and introducing tools and methodologies for structured innovation at UNSense and with our partners

Business design:

  • develop short term and long term business cases and help the teams to reach measurable results quickly
  • viability and feasibility studies
  • analysis of potential markets
  • design of propositions and business plans

Financing innovations:

  • successfully apply for subsidies, loans and other financing instruments to financially support the process of innovation
  • continuously keep track of the value created in the innovation projects, using valuation methods like DCF

Launching companies:

  • coordinate and support the process of transferring innovative technologies from prototype phase to a newly formed company
  • taking part in contract negotiations preceding formal incorporation of the new company

Process design and facilitation:

  • project management of innovation projects together with our partners
  • organise and facilitate workshops and co-creation sessions


  • Powerpoint and Excel queen or king to create convincing business cases
  • lean startup methodologies (business model canvas, MVP, innovation accounting)
  • self-starting, result driven
  • think out-of-the box, foster an innovative and creative culture
  • be able to communicate on senior and board levels of both young companies and established but still very innovative corporates
  • flexible, social and able to switch gears rapidly


  • Masters degree in financial economics, innovation management or other relevant study combining business thinking with innovation
  • five to ten years’ experience in an innovation management and/or business modelling role
  • experience with technology innovation projects, you know all about technology readiness levels and how to progress through the stages
  • experience in the business side of an innovative technology start-up and having first hand experience in start-up acceleration programs like Rockstart or Y Combinator is a plus
  • have a strong theoretical background on innovation project management
  • English speaking and EU citizen or in possession of work permit for the Netherlands, Dutch speaking is appreciated but not mandatory

What we offer:

  • working in a startup environment with lots of opportunity for growth
  • working within the strong vision of UNStudio and Ben Van Berkel on the digital innovation of cities and buildings
  • a strong creative and international culture and an inspiring working location in the city centre of Amsterdam
  • good compensation and benefits, like 30 holidays per year

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